Personal Redemption: A Way to Attain Ultimate Success
Personal redemption is very hard to achieve, both mentally and physically. Amir’s search for redemption in his fathers eyes for the death of his mother and his remorse for Hassan’s rape results to his seek for redemption. Similarly, Thao’s quest for redemption is commenced by his gratitude toward Walt, as well as his remorse for trying to steal the Gran Torino. The quest for self redemption is a very hard and extensive procedure, not only mentally but also physically. In the cases of Amir in The Kite Runner and Thao Vang Lor from Gran Torino, redemption is extremely hard to attain. In many religious scriptures, redemption is mentioned repeatedly. Especially in the Quran, the book of the Muslims, redemption is described as an everlasting occurrence. In the Kite Runner, Amir feels responsible for the death of his mother. He believes that he owes his father something for being the cause of his great wife’s death. Baba says, “When you kill a man, you steal a life. You steal his wife’s right to a husband; rob his children of a father” (Hosseini, 19). This shows the rigidity of his father when it comes to death. Allah says in the Quran, “Of no effect is the repentance of those who continue to do evil” (Quran 4:18). The explanation of this can be that one who repents; who seeks redemption and continues to do evil is not forgiven. This shows that forgiveness is not easy to achieve, especially in Amir’s case. In closing, one can seek redemption but that path is a very long and narrow pathway. In the movie, Gran Torino, Thao gives in to the peer pressure of the neighbourhood gang members and he attempts to steal Walt Kowalski’s most prized possession, his car. Theft is mentioned in one of the Ten Commandments revealed to Moses. It states, “Thou shall not steal”. Stealing another person’s possession is one of the greatest and it is not easily forgiven sins. This makes Thao’s search for redemption a difficult...
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